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U-MASS Adds New Marching Band Headquarters

Mike Lawson • News • April 12, 2012

The University of Massachusetts (Amherst) recently unveiled its new marching band headquarters, the George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building. The University of Massachusetts (Amherst) recently unveiled its new marching band headquarters, the George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building. The building’s opening marks the first time the band has had its own building since it moved from its previous home in the Old Chapel in 1997. The building is named after the band’s famed professor, who led the group for 33 years. Parks passed away in 2010.

The building will accommodate rehearsals and performances for the 300-piece band, along with a space for the percussion section, as well as smaller group practice rooms. U-Mass funded the new building with $4.5 million from the school and $1.3 million from private donations.

Visit the Minutemen Marching Band at www.umass.edu/band/.

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